Overview

Applicants
5,450
Acceptance Rate
29%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.68
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
233

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
161 - 166

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
201

36
Female
11
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The School of Law at Boston University stresses real world context in its curriculum and hence has one of the largest selections of experiential education opportunities; there are more than twenty available clinics and externships, and the school guarantees that every student can get at least one clinical opportunity if they are interested. In addition, semester-in-practice placements lets secondand third-year students conduct full-semester externships either locally or further beyond Boston. Each placement combines reading, research papers, and at least sixty-five days of field placement in one of three areas: International Human Rights, Government Lawyering (in D.C.), or an Independent Proposal externship. Students are also able to get professional training by participating in the school’s simulation courses, which are practice-based courses that span everything from depositions to the sale of a private company. BU's dual degree programs are “probably one if its best-kept secrets,” and the well-taught courses allow students to gain in-depth knowledge in various legal fields: “Anyone who knows that they are interested in a particular area of the law should unquestionably take advantage of the opportunity to earn a second degree along with their JD,” says a student. There is “a lot of programming to expose students to various fields,” and exploring options from big firms to public defenders is encouraged.

Fortunately, students avoid being overwhelmed by the multitude of offerings thanks to staff assistance: the Office of Clinical & Experiential Programs (as well as the Career Development & Public Service Office) offers student guidance on which offerings will best complement and further the student’s individual career goals, and “Career Services will bend over backwards for you if you are proactive about your goals.” Indeed, BU's professors “are one of the best parts about BU Law.” They are “diverse, world class, and each represent the very highest authority within their respective fields”; most professors use the Socratic Method “but as more of a dialogue.” They are “constantly working on new publications or doing something to stay involved in their respective specialty,” but also make time to meet with students. The faculty and members of the administration (some of whom teach classes) also “have an excellent working relationship.”

Additionally, the classroom technology is “a huge asset,” as many professors record their lectures and give students online access, so “at the end of the semester you [can] rewatch lectures if necessary.” The school recently competed a comprehensive renovation of the law school making the building an “efficient, beautiful space to learn in” with “a lot of space for small groups to meet and students to socialize.” The librarians are also “particularly helpful in finding obscure books and articles for journal assignments and student notes.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
88%
Median Starting Salary
$112,500
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
88%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
95%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
170

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Too many to list.

Graduates Employed by Area

6%
Public Interes

Prominent Alumni

David Morris
Vice President and Associate General Counsel, TripAdvisor

David M. Zaslav
President and CEO, Discovery Communications

Irving Picard
Partner, Baker Hostetler, Madoff Trustee

Veronica Serrato
Executive Director of Project Citizenship

Hon. Sandra L. Lynch
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$52,364

% Students Receiving Some Aid
97%

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$13,775
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$13,775
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,462

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
720
Parent Institution Enrollement
33,106

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
42
Average Age at Entry
24

Demographics

25.83%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
56% female
44% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Despite being at a large university, the School of Law has a “small community feeling” where “everyone is approachable and helpful” and “the school fosters both academic and social interactions.” Everyone works hard and is serious about their studies, but “is not at all cutthroat in terms of competitiveness.” “When one of us got a summer associate position or full-time job offer, for example, it felt like a win for everyone,” says a student. It’s “certainly a liberal school, with mostly liberal perspectives,” and but the administration “makes ample effort to increase diversity at every chance” and will respond to and actively incorporate feedback from students, “from programming to addressing more serious systemic issues.” BU Law even started a First Generation Professionals group “which has advocated for greater support for first generation and low income students.” The school is located outside of the city center, so there are “lovely views of the Charles River” and easy subway access, and it’s “mostly students on the sidewalks rather than tourists.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Admissions Office
Admissions Office

Address
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone
617-353-3100

Email
bulawadm@bu.edu